Oh, hello there.
Towards the beginning of the month, I started doing some research on foods that are good for your skin. Here, I listed all the foods that I came up with, and here I started to go more in-depth, explaining exactly why those ingredients were good for your skin. I only want to do groups of 5 ingredients at a time so I don’t bore or overwhelm you (or both), so here are some more for your reading pleasure. Happy learning!
Nettles: They may have a bad rep for being a stingy garden nuisance, but taken in tea, capsule or soup form, they have an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps calm the skin and improve conditions such as eczema and acne. They’re also extremely detoxifying, due to high levels of antioxidants – they protect the body from the over-production of free radicals, chemicals which can cause damage in the body. Personally, I chose the tea route because well, that’s my jam!
Peppermint: This yummy stuff (specifically in tea) is known for its potent healing and calming properties. Not only can it help aid digestion, relieve stress (a common cause of acne), treat headaches and clear sinuses, but it’s seriously good for the skin, too.
Fennel: Fennel is a liquorice-flavoured root vegetable that aids in digestion, reduces swelling in the body and helps to flush out excess fluids and toxins. It also works wonders for the health of your skin and hair. I use it in the form of tea, but make sure that you keep it in whole seed form until directly before use – then crush it up.
Burdock: IS AMAZING. I use it in juices all the time, but I also have been using it in tea form as well. This herb contains high levels of calcium, potassium and magnesium, all of which are essential nutrients that the body uses to support healthy skin. It also has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is perfect for tackling the spread of acne as well as digestive problems.
Green Tea: A common thing to drink, which is awesome because drinking anti-oxidant polyphenol-rich green tea will improve your skin by reducing redness. Studies have also demonstrated that green tea helps fight inflammation, so sip at least one cup of green tea a day. I bought a large quantity of fair trade organic china green tea to get the job done.
… good stuff, right? Wait. It gets better. While I was in the southern end of the state, I stopped by three very awesome stores: Belmont Market, Food For Thought, and Alternative Food Co-Op. At these locations, I was able to find all of the above ingredients, and I created my own loose tea!!!!
It was my first time doing this, and I am so excited about it, mostly because it was so easy and hugely beneficial!
I even saved my receipts so I could let you guys know how much everything cost: the burdock root from Belmont cost $2.99, then from Food For Thought, each bag of peppermint was $3.85 (I bought 2), each bag of nettle was $3.15 (I bought 2), and from the Co-op, more burdock, plus green tea and fennel cost me $9.17 total.
Altogether, I spent $26.16 on ingredients. You may think that’s a lot of money, but this made a LOT of tea (there’s more than what is shown below), and it’s going to take me a long time to use it all. Plus, think of how much you would spend on tea at a shop… trust me, this is economically efficient AND good for your skin!
All except for the fennel are included in the big jar – fennel is in the tiny jar; the reason for that is because they are fennel seeds, and they need to be crushed directly before using in order to release the goodness inside of them. That’s why there is a mortar and pestle included in the picture.
Well, that’s all for now my loves. If you’re feeling ambitious, I recommend going out and re-creating this for yourself so you can sip your way to beautiful skin. Or hey, maybe I can start turning this into a profitable endeavor; if you want me to create it for you, let me know!